Students Support Soldiers with Letters from Home

Students in Sandy Mathis' third- and fourth-grade class at Rivergate Adventist Elementary School have been involved in a great project called "Letters to Soldiers" this past year. As a result of this project, a special relationship has been developed by the teacher, the students and their families with Daniel Bond, a sergeant who is proudly serving our country in Iraq.

When Bond received the letters that were sent to him and to other soldiers, he distributed them, then every child received a letter in return thanks to Bond, Pfc. Gallegos and Staff Sgt. Bunting.

This project gave the students an awareness of what is going on in Iraq and a connection to the soldiers who are deployed there. Bond was so impressed by how much Mathis' students cared about them, he called from Iraq and talked to the class on speaker phone so that every child had an opportunity to ask him questions. The classroom then recited the Pledge of Allegiance, preamble to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Bond and all the other soldiers who are serving are mentioned in prayer by Mathis' students daily.

August 01, 2004 / Oregon Conference